Herb and Dorothy such a treat -- other than that title pair of fine art collectors who made the original film possible -- was that, for TrustMovies at least, this film, its collectors and their art opened the door to a better understanding of minimalist/conceptual art and what it can achieve. In her new film, HERB AND DOROTHY: 50x50, documentarian Megumi Sasaki continues the story of the pair of collectors and what happens to their fabled collection, certainly one of if not the richest in the field of minimalist art.
Herb and Dorothy Vogel's collection was placed, with their blessing, in the hands of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. In her new doc, Ms Sasaki, shown at left, lets us immediately know that things have changed since 2008, when that first film was released. The National Gallery, along with the charming and most helpful curator, Diane Fine, has realized that the gallery will never be able to show nearly all of the Vogels' collection, so that, to have it properly viewed, another plan of action is required. That plan jumps off from one used much earlier by the Kress collection (art collected by dime-store mogul Samuel H. Kress), which was divided up so that portions of the collection could be shown at various institutions across the country.
Richard Tuttle, below, with H & D).
Con Artist, Mark Kostabi, is one such. Even better is the scene in which Dorothy is checking to see if all the art work has been posted on a particular museum's web site, and she comes across something confusing: "Is that an empty box?" she asks. "No," comes the reply, "I think that's art."
Fine Line Media and running 87 minutes -- opens this Friday, September 13th, in New York at the IFC Center. The film will then expand with a platform theatrical release to San Francisco, Berkley and Portland (OR) on 9/20, to the Los Angeles area on 9/27 and to the balance of the top 10 markets throughout October, before taking on additional markets nationwide. For a look at the complete list of playdates, cities and theaters, just click here.